Mobility Friendly Zones
In November 2017, ASWB members adopted a social work practice mobility strategy. The Mobility Strategy provides a process and resources through which member boards can quickly evaluate and determine eligibility when a currently licensed social worker seeks equivalent licensure in an additional jurisdiction.
Labour mobility in Canada is governed by the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which states that certified workers have to be recognized as qualified to work by a regulatory body in another province or territory, without having to go through significant additional training, work experience, examination, or assessment, unless an exception has been posted. While CFTA has made it easier for registered social workers to practice in additional provinces, challenges still exist for currently licensed/registered social workers wanting to practice in additional jurisdictions across the U.S./Canadian border.
The Mobility Strategy establishes Standards for streamlining a licensee’s progression from application for additional licensure to licensed to practice. A licensee who meets the four essential criteria listed below is a prime candidate for an expedited licensing process.
- Graduation from an accredited school of social work
- A passing score on the appropriate licensing exam
- Completion of supervised practice [if required]
- No disciplinary action